Welcome to UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


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We are a small, friendly and extremely ambitious department at UCL teaching every aspect of Jewish culture to every type of student.

The department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies goes back to the very foundations of UCL, as Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid (1778-1859), one of the leading figures in the struggle for Jewish emancipation in England, was among the principal founders of UCL and the chief promoter of its Hebrew department.

Today, the department’s range of Jewish Studies courses is the widest anywhere in Europe. With offerings in language and literature, history, politics, religious and gender studies, it is no surprise that many students (even those who are registered in another department) choose to take a class with us.

Our strongest appeal is the chance for study abroad students to work in an intimate setting with leading scholars in diverse areas of the field.


As a study abroad student you will:

  • Study alongside regular UCL and international students, benefiting from UCL's world-class teaching system and renowned academics.
  • Have the flexibility to take courses across a range of UCL subjects and departments, tailoring your course to your own particular interests in this area.
  • Have access to your own academic tutor (known as an ‘Affiliate Tutor’).
  • Be encouraged to integrate into UCL student life, with access to events, societies and clubs both within your department and across UCL as a whole. The department has a lively social calendar, with events such as our Hanukkah Party and our famous Purimspil, performed entirely in Yiddish.
  • Be taught in small seminar groups rather than large formal lectures (for our popular courses such as the Arab-Israeli Conflict or Comparative Peace Processes in Ireland and the Middle East, we will meet demand and just find a bigger room!).
  • Benefit from the department’s links to the Jewish Historical Society of England and the Institute of Jewish Studies who organise annual public lectures, international conferences and facilitate new research on all aspects of Jewish civilisation.

Further Information

If you are looking to enrol in Hebrew & Jewish Studies as an Erasmus student, please check if an Erasmus agreement is in place with your institution.

We look forward to welcoming you at UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies!

You can contact the department at: jewish.studies [at] ucl.ac.uk